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As a Clinical Social Worker Owen is a registered Medicare provider of Focussed Psychological Strategies under the Better Access to Mental Health Care programme. A strength of Clinical Social Work is the bio-psycho-social assessment that informs treatment approaches. The Australian Association of Social Workers has more detail about mental health social work services.
After Referring a Patient using a Mental Healthcare Plan:
1. A report (typically one page) will be sent to referring doctors at appropriate intervals.
2. If a person is in crisis you will be contacted.
3. If an inpatient admission is recommended you will receive a phone call.
Owen is also able to see your patients if they are receiving treatment under the provisions of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia or Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service; but Owen is NOT yet able to see clients through private health insurance.
Clinical Influences & Preferred Therapeutic Models
My main Clinical Models used in therapy are:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Spiritually Augmented CBT (see below) - replaces negative thinking with a new conclusion that will be more healthy; CBT is used for behavioural and cognitive interventions e.g. assertiveness training, anger management, parenting skills social/communication skills coaching e.g. clarification techniques, 'fair fighting'; verbal contracts etc.);
Gestalt Therapy - focuses on the moment in the session: the type and intensity of body reactions (positive and not positive) to both the content and process of a session, interventions, to the actual relationship of client and therapist; psychodrama utilising guided imagery (where dissociation is not an entrenched habit).
Humanistic/Person-Centred Therapy - reflective listening, clarification etc.
Adlerian Therapy and Systems Theory - e.g. making meaning of family constellation dynamics etc
Solution Focused Therapy - explores solutions a person may be considering or may have found useful in the past; scaling the problem/progress
Narrative Therapy - honours 'problem stories,' while highlighting experiences that speak about success, capability, strength, and willingness; is particularly effective for raising esteem/remembering resourcefulness; emphasis is on the meaning of events as experienced by clients rather than by the counsellor.
Existential Therapy - places emphasis on the value of individual choice and responsibility; minimising direction or decisions by the counsellor.
Transactional Analysis - usefulness or otherwise of Adult-Parent-Child and other roles e.g Karpman Drama Triangle (Victimised; Bullying; Rescuing triad)
Practice is also informed by The Stress Vulnerability Model, The Recovery Model of mental health treatment, and The Mindfulness Model which offers an array of helpful self soothing strategies.
Spirituality & Therapy
Some clients elect to involve their spirituality in therapy. Social work takes a holistic approach to the person and to therapy. Spirituality is considered to play an essential part in many client's lives and this is reflected in the Code of Ethics of the Australian Association of Social Workers. It came as quite a surprise to me after spending a lot of years qualifying in counselling and social work that prayer ministry can often be even more powerful in bringing recovery than conventional models. I've done training in Theophostic (meaning God's light/truth) Ministry and in Wonderful Counsellor Ministry and was involved in training others in using the latter approach. These prayer ministries invite God's involvement in noticing and healing the same kinds of triggers and sources of unhelpful reactions as does conventional counselling/therapy. It has been my experience that this approach often takes less time (and cost) and produces very good outcomes for people. Prayer is utilised where a client has elected to do so. The results can be very satisfying and very quick. A documented clinical model that sits well with this approach is Spiritually Augmented CBT - replaces negative thinking and with a new conclusion that will be more healthy from verses of scripture or from meditation and reflection; uses existential techniques (discovering meaning) that embrace a person's spirituality in addition to their psychological insight and choices to embrace action. For further information read this article from Australasian Psychiatry 2004, Vol. 12, No. 2 , Pages 148-152: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/j.1039-8562.2004.02095.x